Are you in the UAE to enjoy a well-deserved rest and relaxation? It may be your first time visiting, and you are unsure where to go since it’s also the Ramadan season in the country. This article will guide how to enjoy your stay in the country; you might say you can have your Eat, Pray, Love moments in the country, discover more about yourself, and reconnect with God as you explore what the country offers.
If it’s not your first time in the country, perhaps you enjoyed an adventurous yet luxurious vacation like Pia Wurtzbach did and wanted a no-fuss trip. Here are our top recommendations you should include in your Holy Week itinerary in the UAE.
1. Jumeirah Public Beach
If you love going to beaches and find it incredibly relaxing to go camping and spend hours by the beach to reflect, or just turn your mind off from the daily bustle, you should head over to Jumeirah Public Beach where you can see the Burj Al Arab. It’s a public beach that is free to the public, open all days of the week, for 24 hours.
Since it’s Ramadan, it’s a common courtesy not to eat or drink in public since Muslims are fasting during the day or fasting hours, better be careful when eating since the Police might call you out. Since it’s Lenten season, you can also do your fasting, whether it’s social media detox or food, one way to spend more time with God and enjoy the gorgeous beach view in front of you. You can also stay in Jumeirah Beach Hotel to enjoy the scenic views in comfort and style.
You can enjoy a delicious meal at dinner by the beach or at a luxurious Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Camping in Jumeirah Beach is one of the typical past times for UAE residents that you and your family can enjoy during your stay in the UAE.
2. Wadi Shees
If hiking is your thing, whether you’re a solo traveler or with your family, you can enjoy a road trip and a hiking trip to Sharjah; there, you will find one of the hidden gems of the UAE called Wadi Shees trail in the Wadi Shees Park, it’s an easy to hike nature trail that is surrounded by lush date palm plantations and farms, you’ll be greeted by adorable mountain goats.
Thanks to the 3000-year-old Falaj System, there’s flowing fresh water all year, and you can enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature and waterfalls. If you plan to visit Wadi Shees, you’ll drive through the Hajar mountains, pass by an old village in Sheesh and walk through the Falaj Channels to get to Wadi Shees.
You’ll indeed have a memorable experience when you visit since you’ll feel like you’re in Eden. The vibrant oasis and nature-filled surroundings will make you feel peaceful, and you can have alone time with God here. Just keep in mind that Wadi Shees doesn’t have public bathrooms; therefore, on the way, it’s better to stop by gasoline stations or restaurants for bathroom breaks, and you’re not allowed to swim in the freshwater reservoir, but you can have a quick swim in the lake.
3. Dubai Safari Park
Visiting Dubai Safari Park sounds like a great idea when you have your family with you; you’ll see plenty of animals, from zebras to lions; it’s home to over 3,000 animals with different types of species, from mammals to reptiles. There are plenty of areas to explore that would take around 4-5 hours to cover it all, aside from the entertainment activities you’ll find there. Make sure to book your tickets online, including transportation, since you have to do a lot of walking! During Ramadan, the Dubai Safari Park is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm.
4. Jebel Hafeet
If you like traveling to overlooking places to enjoy the views of the mountains from the top, cool weather, and a long road trip especially during the Lenten season, you’ll enjoy traveling to Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain. If you’re staying in a hotel nearby Jebel Hafeet, you shouldn’t miss visiting this popular tourist attraction.
It’s highly recommended to go here during sunrise or sunset to enjoy the magnificent views of the mountains. If you’re driving, then you’ll enjoy the road since it’s well-maintained and has spectacular views up to the mountains.
The Jebel Hafeet is a mountain border between the UAE and Oman; it has over 4,000 feet and is one of the highest mountains in the country. Enjoy a peaceful morning in Jebel Hafeet or enjoy fellowship with your loved ones by sunset in this gorgeous natural wonder.
5. Arabian Nights Village
If you want to experience a Bedouin experience in the UAE, look no further than Arabian Nights Village. Not only you’ll be enjoying an Arabian Nights-inspired atmosphere in the desert, but you’ll also enjoy some quiet time here.
If you’re in Abu Dhabi, you should try glamping in the desert since it’s a magical experience for you to experience nature in the middle east. You can enjoy a relaxing getaway in the Arabian Nights Village since you can enjoy night stargazing, enjoy the views of sand dunes, feast on authentic Arabic or Emirati food, and have some time to reflect.
There are different types of accommodations here from Bedouin tents to desert houses! You’ll definitely enjoy your stay in the country, feeling refreshed by staying nearby nature and enjoying the presence of God alone or with your loved ones. It’s the kind of glamping you shouldn’t miss out on when you’re in the UAE, especially during the Lenten season.
6. Dubai Miracle Garden
For people who love blooms and have a nice stroll in a park filled with beautiful flowers with over 50 million flowers and 250 million plants, its landscaped with different tourist attractions from the Emirates airplane to horses.
Visiting with the family will surely be a fantastic experience; there’s also a palace to see made of flowers, and you’ll feast your eyes on the gorgeous views, making it a must-see during the Lenten season.
Visiting Dubai Miracle Garden will give you the time to stop and smell the roses. You also have to visit the Dubai Butterfly Garden, which houses around 15,000 butterflies nearby; both gardens have entrance fees and are located in Dubai land, so it’s highly suggested to book online, don’t forget to expect a road trip when visiting these gardens.